'.■/■.■■ Digitized by the Internet Archive in 2011 with funding from LYRASIS Members and Sloan Foundation http://www.archive.org/details/raindropsplashOOintres RAIN DROP SPLASH STORY BY ALVIN TRESSELT PICTURES BY LEONARD WEISGARD LOTHROP, LEE & SHEPARD CO NEW YORK Copyright, 1946 by Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Co All Rights Reserved Lithographed in U.S.A. £ 1 I \\ r P,K.YONO» I \ \\ Drip drop splash, drip drop splash, drip drop splash went the rain all day. Dripped from the shiny leaves, dropped from a rabbit's nose, splashed from a brown _^ bear's tail. w Fell from a daisy's face, trickled down the tree trunks, and splunked on a green frog's back. A t 1 V , \ w> \ There were so many rain drops they made a puddle. The puddle grew larger, and larger, and larger, until it became a pond. Water-lilies floated on it, little fish swam in it, and tiny snails sat beside it. A \ i f\\ \ Still it rained. Drip drop splash, drip drop splash, drip drop splash. The little pond grew larger and larger and spilled right over into a brook. A \ Tumbling and splashing and running down the mountain. Scared a chipmunk, splashed some violets, passed a mother deer showing her baby how to drink. Jumped over big stones, fell into deep pools, and rested on a bed of soft green moss. Then tumbled into a lake. **1 v* '% ps^ >*& „\ u>. Now it was a big lake, with big fish and tall pickerel weed. Dragonflies skimmed over the water, turtles floated quietly, and a red winged blackbird built his nest in the rushes. i. i Still it rained. Drip drop splash, drip drop splash, drip drop splash. The lake grew larger and larger. It flooded a farmer's meadow and the cows stood in the mud. j^^^mmmmm m n« w « ! j j^"?r~ It covered a road and the cars couldn't pass and the children had to go to school in a boat. :Mi&' *■'--■- •--^*^. ; . ■ '■* - .. ' ■ '- '■. f/fM Then it overflowed into a river, with houses and towns along the shore. It ran under bridges and over waterfalls. Men fished from the rocks, and two teams had a boat race. Past factories and warehouses, the river came to great cities with docks. There were ships and barges and scows and tankers, and a boatful of people j on a holiday. Little boys jumped into the water, subway trains and cars ran under it, ferry boats puffed back and forth on top, and seagulls flew over it looking for fish to eat. %* V *.J»fc Then it passed a fort and a lighthouse and a bell buoy, and the river flowed into the sea. .. „& • ' . > .'. V wtJj jBa o I Tall waves rolled up to meet it There was an ocean liner with lots of little tug boats guiding it. The sun came out and at last the rain stopped.